Home School Support Network for Sonoma County Families



Friday May 20th 2016
2:00pm – 8:30pm

Saturday May 21st 2016
8:30am – 5:30pm

Stony Point Christian Fellowship
4074 Stony Point Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403





KID ZONE brought to you by CHERP! Look for blue table cloths, balloons and busy kids. We offer a safe, fun play area on both days and there will be a variety of things to work with that suit a variety of ages and stages. Parents/Guardians can sign their kids in for free with a cell phone number, then explore the event on your own time.

CHERP is RE-CONNECTING (not reinventing)

A PLANNING MEETING was held on FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH @ FCC in RP.  There are lots of exciting opportunities in support of our home school community on the horizon. Check back soon for details. Membership is free! Join our email list and connect online.


C.H.E.R.P. is your home school link to social  and structured activities in (and around) Sonoma County. Christian Home Educators of Rohnert Park – Cotati welcomes all students, families & friends! You do not need to be a member to participate in events and ongoing activities. Listed on this website are general announcements and a variety of information that our members are encouraged to share.

 Your faithful love is priceless, God!
Humanity finds refuge in the shadow of your wings.
Psalm 36.7


member referrals / mission-minded / connections / resources


Hosted May 27 through August 26
– weather permitting –
12:00PM to 5:00PM

Monte Rio Beach: You can RSVP on FB

“Bring a chair, and hope to see you there!*”

*The best place to park is under the bridge. There is no parking fee.
There is no shade, but there are outhouses and concessions close by.
Bring lots of sunblock and water!



Tri-Counties Home Education Network
May 20-21, 2016: REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Find encouragement and help for the journey ahead.

Can you help with our KID BOOTH for CHERP @ TCHEN?
If so, we’d love to schedule breaks for our parents and share the love of kid management.
If you can spare 30 minutes or more on 5/20 or 5/21, send a message to: info@cherpgroup.org.

Dates & Details TBA
Connect with Dawn Martin: busymartinmom@comcast.net

Saturday, May 28, 2016 @ 2:00PM @ Faith Community Church
Pot-luck style reception after, cake will be served! 

Please join US at FCC for a celebration to remember!
This ceremony is open to all graduating seniors including students of any age who wish to be recognized for their promotion to the next grade level…
RSVP to Tricia Hayward: getbling101@gmail.com

JUNE 10-11, 2016 @ PETALUMA’S KOA
$12 per person, per night

Check-In 2PM Friday, Check-Out 11am Sunday

We can accommodate 20 – 200 people* in our group site.
Dogs welcome
(no pit-pulls or aggressive breeds) on leash.
Check the website for pet rules and expectations.

Come for FUN! You don’t have to pitch a tent, you can join us and simply hang at the group site to play and BBQ if you can’t say overnight or just don’t love to camp in the first place. RSVP NOW! JUNE 10TH and JUNE 11TH. Reserve your spot by May 9th to ensure space. info@cherpgroup.org

*We have reserved two group spots, and will need to cancel one by May 10th pending the response from friends and family who wish to attend.


Need Help with Tutoring? CLICK HERE

September 16, 2016: Details TBA
Schedule Family & Student Photos w/ Rosalia Lewen
BBQ & Pot-Luck @ Faith Community Church
Open Forum Q & A for Home & Traditionally Schooled Families

2016 Fall Semester Begins September 9th
@ Faith Community Church from 9AM – 12PM

October 2016 Date TBA
2017-18 Activities Scheduled
Help w/ Filing Private School Affidavit


January 2017 Date TBA

Faith Community Church
Games, Activities, Food & Fun for Everyone
Guest Speaker: ‘ Tax Talk’ for Home Educators

January 2017 Date TBA


Rear view of class raising hands --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Have questions? Want to get on our email list?

Anyone who is interested to get more involved and help with future events and management of our group, please let us know.

There are some new ideas in the works for CHERP, your thoughts are much appreciated. We have such an amazing network of friends, support and social events to enjoy here. =) Please feel welcome to send a message with any ideas or questions, anytime! Stay tuned!

Please let us know if you have announcements, events, messages, resources or group activities that you would like posted to the CHERP website!

Connect on Facebook!




Dear Mommies + Friends:

Have you heard about MOPS? This is an incredible group for any mommies with 0-5 year olds, and the older home school kids are welcome too! MOPS meets on Tuesdays at Faith Community Church @ 7352 Boris Court in Rohnert Park. They meet at 9:30 on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday’s. Read more about MOPS and our friends from Calvary Church @ www.calvarychapelrp.com.


awanaAWANA helps churches and parents work together to develop spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ. Our programs offer a proven approach for evangelizing and discipling kids in the church and community. As a ministry leader for over 60 years, Awana is making an impact. A national survey found Awana to be as important to our alumni’s spiritual foundation as all other church activities combined. Among alumni who participated in our programs for at least six years, 92.7 percent still attend church at least weekly as adults!

Wednesday’s at Faith Community Church in Rohnert Park @ 7352 Boris Court. Registration and check-in at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 6:45 a.m. Bring your Puggles, Cubbies, Sparks and T&T clubbers (ages 3 – 12 years) for an amazing time of fellowship and learning the Bible.

The first fully chartered Trail Life USA troop in CA!
A place for boys to grow in faith as they learn to WALK WORTHY!

Visit Trail Life USA to
Find Out More… Start A Troop…  or Get Connected!

Learn more about our Membership Standards and Statement of Faith & Values


On my honor, I will do my best
To serve God and my country;
To respect authority;
To be a good steward of creation;
And to treat others as I want to be treated.

IMG_7651American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered character development, nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. The organization offers badge programs, service projects, girl leadership opportunities, and outdoor experiences to its members. It serves as a catalyst for building young women of integrity and faith. It also broadens girls social development through extra-curricular activities. Questions? send a message to 158ahg@gmail.com. Thanks, Tiffany Stenberg
Troop 158 Coordinator

Most guys want exciting outdoor adventure with their friends. We’ve got that! Trips and travel? That, too. Camping. Check. Physical and mental challenge? Yep. And awards? Of course!

Trail Life USA is a Christian adventure, character, and leadership program for young men. The K-12 program centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man’s skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers. Living the Trail Life is a journey established on timeless values derived from the Bible.


Our vision is to be the premier national character development organization for young men which produces Godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and citizens.


Our mission is simple and clear: to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.


“Walk Worthy”

Colossians 1:10  “… that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;…”


On my honor, I will do my best
To serve God and my country;
To respect authority;
To be a good steward of creation;
And to treat others as I want to be treated.

Learn more about our Membership Standards and Statement of Faith & Values

You can find our Program Overview video here and download an introduction to Trail Life USA here: Promotional Tri-Fold Brochure

If you’re interested in starting a Trail Life USA troop, you can do that here

– See more at: http://www.traillifeusa.com/who-we-are/#sthash.LMrvBp6o.dpuf

Member Message

This reminder encourages me as I gratefully embrace another year of serving God by ministering to my family. I hope it will encourage and bless my sisters in Christ, as you are each faithful to God’s calling on you to homeschool!

Having Margin in Your Life… “Just Say No!”

Can you imagine reading a book where the words went right out to the four edges of the paper? How unsettling that would be to try to read! The margin is there for a purpose. It gives us space to hold the book comfortably. It gives us breathing room to take in all of the words. It provides area for necessities, such as page numbers and chapter titles, reminding us where we are. Why, then, do we feel the need to cram our lives full by trying to accomplish everything that comes along and ‘appears’ to need our attention, then guilt ourselves when we feel overwhelmed?

If there is one thing I have come to realize, it’s that there will ALWAYS be need. You are needed, and that’s wonderful. But, you do NOT need to fulfill every need that is requested of you. Priority is crucial, and you’ve been given a job as mother and teacher of your children. You are also the maker of your home. Keep that pyramid of priority in view, so you can organize the requests into their proper place. Your family is a ministry that has been given to YOU to serve! There will always be time to extend to other ministries when time truly frees up enough. The Bible says that on Day Seven, He rested. Did God need sleep or even rest? Probably not, but I believe He did this as an example to us! He also only gave us 24 hours in a day, and from what I can gather, that ain’t changin’ any time soon!

Margin comes in many areas… How much time do we dedicate to visiting with friends and extended family? How many ministries, commitments, or programs do we participate in? How clean do I expect my house to be? I come from a house where my mother was a STICKLER for clean everything. She used to hang sheets to dry in the summer, …and iron them! She loved the smell of the outdoors and the pressed lines. That was fine for her, but I’m lucky if I get the sheets changed once a month! And although dinner was always on the table at 5:30 and the kitchen fully scrubbed down within a half hour after dinner, I consider it successful that we eat some time before bedtime and the food is put away. The dishes may not always be completely taken care of, but we almost always eat together, and often with anyone who happens to be over at the time. I had to pick and choose what battles to take on, just as I did with the children since they were toddlers. Like I mentioned before, there will only ever be 24 hours in the day, as long as we are on this earth, and spending them wisely is a challenge in itself. Consider what it important to yourself and YOUR family, and once you’ve determined what you can truly handle, remember to add margin. Do not embrace guilt in using the world “no,” or at the very least, “not at this time.” You (and your nerves… and most likely your family!) will be thankful later!